This was our second visit to Sri Lanka and our second stop at this hotel. Last time it was still under the Chaaya label (owned by the same group as the Cinnamon ones) and although we enjoyed it, had a good room and loved the location, there were some aspects of it that felt a wee bit lacking. On arriving this year we were blown away by the wonderful refurbishment that has taken place and lifted the hotel up the ranks quite substantially, Our room was comfortable, modern, stylish but not overly fussy, and we do enjoy those cosy little balconies overlooking the river. The lounge area has been rearranged and was very pleasant - we enjoyed a snack and a drink there as we'd not had lunch en route - and the restaurant has also been very effectively revamped. Food was very good indeed and service excellent. On the advice of Sri Lankan friends we made the trip up to Embekke Devale, which had our driver cringing, the road was so narrow and windy, even for him, but it was worthwhile. And we had to return to the fantastic Royal Botanical Gardens at Peredinya. Could spend days in there just meandering and enjoying the great plants and people watching. Were only there one afternoon and overnight and were rather wishing we'd been staying a bit longer!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sweeping green hills, the longest river in the country, misty mornings and the fresh outdoors, are just a few things that naturally come together here to make the perfect holiday. Just 2 1/2 hours from the Sri Lanka's Capital City Colombo, Chaaya Citadel Kandy has reinvented itself taking into account the needs of holidaymakers around the world. Replete with a sense of history, serenity and majesty, the hotel offers guests the opportunity to experience the amazing Kandyan history, the culture and the arts that play a big role in the lives of the Sri Lankans. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chaaya Citadel Kandy Hotel Kandy
- Chaaya Citadel Hotel Kandy
- Kandy Chaaya Citadel Hotel